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Obama Budget Doubles Planned Funding for Innovative Rural Energy Program

In the detailed budget proposal released today, the Obama Administration more than doubled planned funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides grants and loan guarantees for farmers and rural small businesses to develop renewable energy and invest in energy efficiency. ‘This is great news. We can cut carbon pollution while helping

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Environmental Groups and Forest Service Settle Cayuga Timber Sale Lawsuit

Today, the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) and Habitat Education Center (HEC) agreed to a settlement with the United States Forest Service on the Cayuga Project timber sale, which approved logging of more than 5,200 acres in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near Clam Lake, Wisconsin. The Forest Service’s earlier approval of the Cayuga timber

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nvironmental Law & Policy Center Commends President Obama’s Strategic Action Plan for High-Speed Rail Development

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), which has worked for 15 years to promote a new Midwest high-speed rail network, praised President Obama’s vision for a modern high-speed rail network that will transform America’s transportation system. “The President’s strategic plan and vision gets modern, fast, comfortable and convenient trains on the fast track to

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USGS Identifies Chicago and Illinois as Top Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ Pollution Sources

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has identified the top 150 polluting watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin that cause the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are the main causes of the dead zone, an 8,000 square mile area in the Gulf where low oxygen levels are

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Better, Cheaper and Cleaner Alternatives to Proposed Route 53 Tollroad Expansion in Lake County

Lake County residents will soon consider an advisory referendum for the proposed expansion of the Route 53 tollroad into Lake County. This massive 25-mile tollroad expansion faces the same fundamental problems that have stopped it for years: billions of dollars in construction costs, the limited effectiveness of a massive new north-south tollroad for alleviating west-east

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Recovery Act Invests $9.3 Billion to Expand High-Speed Rail

The final version of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act now before Congress includes an unprecedented $8 billion investment in high-speed rail.  In addition, Amtrak will receive $1.3 billion to rebuild trains and improve its capacity. “We commend President Obama and Congress for helping to get America moving again with modern trains,” said Howard Learner,

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Iowa Governor Signs Energy Efficiency Bill

Governor Chet Culver signed a bill designed to boost the state’s energy efficiency in a number of ways. Highlights of the bill include a new energy efficiency commission that will develop stricter standards for building construction, and a requirement that the state’s electric utilities develop efficiency goals and formally report on progress toward achieving them.

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